Fes­tive sea­son hap­pier

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

The count­down to Christ­mas is on and help is be­ing sought from the com­mu­nity to give some cheer to fam­i­lies in need.

The Sal­va­tion Army Com­mu­nity Min­istries Toko­roa in con­junc­tion with South Waikato News, Count­down, The Hits Ra­dio, the business com­mu­nity and so­cial ser­vices are work­ing hard to pro­vide support to the needy fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity this Christ­mas.

Last year 101 fam­i­lies were as­sisted and a to­tal of 396 chil­dren re­ceived presents and ham­pers.

This was de­spite the bur­glary of the South Waikato News of­fice where do­nated presents were stolen.

Bri­dle said de­liv­er­ies were made from Hamil­ton and Tau­ranga or­gan­i­sa­tions to help re­place the stolen goods.

The Sal­va­tion Army has set a goal to raise $6500 this year to­wards Christ­mas ham­pers.

Man­ager Colin Bri­dle said each year it is harder to find fi­nan­cial support.

The money raised will be used to buy food for the Christ­mas ham­pers and Christ­mas Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Lieu­tenant Faye Molen said this year fam­i­lies who re­ceive the ham­pers will also have the op­por­tu­nity to pack them for oth­ers.

‘‘We are try­ing to cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity for them to give back.’’

She said the ‘‘pay it for­ward’’ con­cept will help grow the sense of com­mu­nity.

Once the to­tal is raised the food will be or­dered on De­cem­ber 8 and packed in time for Christ­mas.

Drop off points for presents and toys will be at the South Waikato News, Count­down, The Hits ra­dio sta­tion South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil and Sal­va­tion Army on Bal­moral Dr or Sal­va­tion Army stores in Ti­rau and Toko­roa.

HELP WANTED: Toko­roa Sal­va­tion Army Lieu­tenant Faye Molen hopes the com­mu­nity can help fam­i­lies in need this Christ­mas.

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